Just another Margaret River Cabernet from the 2007 vintage that, although not rated as a ‘best ever’ vintage, is nonetheless turning up some extraordinary wines. The bonus for us lovers of cab and cab blends is that several of these wines are on sale at less than $30, this wine at less than $20. The other advantage is that, generally speaking, they will improve in your cellar for at least another 10 years.
Ringbolt is actually from the giant Yalumba stable although you would not find out by reading the label.
Colour is deep plummy red. The nose has blackberry, cedar, some savoury spice with oak in the background. There is a lovely tinge of violets overlaying all of these.
The palate is medium to full bodied, elegant and smooth. a lovely mouthfeel with all of the above and the bonus of a long and satisfying finish. The tannins are fine grained, smooth and mouth coating, providing the structure and balance that sets this number apart. There is also an alluring savoury edge to the wine that adds another appeal to every mouthful.
In the 2010 ‘Australian Wine Companion ‘ James Halliday writes “A poised bouquet of cassis and cedar and a lovely note of violets; equally as attractive on the palate, the balance between fruit, acid, oak and tannin is impeccable; very long and varietal, with refreshing tannin and fruit. 95 pts.”
After reading Halliday you can go back to the wine and certainly find the cassis (ribena)
This wine has flown in somewhat under the radar so my advice is get yourself some while the price is still under $20. After Halliday awarded 97 points to the Forest Hill Cabernet it suddenly became hard to find, and also suddenly jumped from $20 to $30, an overnight rise of 50%. I have managed to get some of the Forest Hill and will review it on the next blog.